Written by Robert M. Sargis MD, PhD Your thyroid gland is a small gland, normally weighing less than one ounce, located in the front of the neck.
How can I overcome that obstacle? Many obstacles have nothing to do with what you eat or how much you exercise. Instead, they involve things like nutritional imbalances, chronic inflammation, metabolic challenges, leaky gutchanges in your microbiomeenvironmental toxins and your genes. One huge but often-overlooked reason for weight-loss resistance involves hormonal imbalances.
The monster hormone that causes weight gain, inflammation and chronic disease is excess insulin. Think of this hormone as your fat cell fertilizer! My new book, Eat Fat, Get Thindiscusses how to naturally regulate insulin so you can shift your body from fat storage mode to fat-burning mode.
Three big disruptors are: Thyroid Research shows hypothyroidism, or low-thyroid function, affects one in five women and one in ten men. Many things contribute to these imbalances. In my e-book The UltraThyroid SolutionI explain how diet, nutrient deficiencies, stress and environmental toxins impact your thyroid and how to address these problems.
A common cause of hypothyroidism is gluten intolerance. Other major culprits that interfere with thyroid function include pesticides and heavy metals. Nutrient deficiencies can also slow things down. Your thyroid needs specific nutrients to run optimally including selenium, zinc, iodine and omega 3 fats.
Get the right tests.
I cover this extensively in my e-book. Some people may need to dig deeper and get a special test called reverse T3 to learn if something like heavy metals mercurypesticides, yeast or nutritional deficiencies like selenium, vitamin D, zinc or even iodine could block thyroid hormone function.
Reverse T3 is the brake that stops your thyroid hormone from working at the right times. Unfortunately, toxins and inflammation increase levels of reverse T3.
Even if regular thyroid tests appear normal, high levels of reverse T3 mean your thyroid is not working properly! Eat right for your thyroid. Limit soybeans, raw kale and other raw cruciferous veggies, which might contain thyroid-blocking compounds called goitrogens.
I know this sounds confusing. After all, I usually recommend plenty of cruciferous veggies. You should limit the kale juice and kale salad. One study in The New England Journal of Medicine looked at a woman who ate two pounds of raw bok choy a day and went into a hypothyroid coma!
I know that sounds extreme, but it could happen. I also recommend wild-caught, low-mercury fish and seaweed for additional iodine, the mineral your thyroid hormones are made from.
Since people eat less iodized salt, you might be iodine deficient. Over-exposure to fluoride and chlorine also create iodine deficiencies. Pumpkin seeds and oysters provide excellent zinc sources, and Brazil nuts provide selenium and iodine. Use quality supplements for thyroid health.
A good multivitamin that contains the above nutrients, plus fish oil and vitamin Dmakes an excellent nutrient base. Some people may benefit from iodine supplements. Just be careful not to overdose and be sure to get your iodine levels measured regularly.
Replace the right thyroid hormones. Most doctors will only prescribe T4 such as Synthroidthe inactive form of thyroid hormone your body must convert to its active form T3. A Functional Medicine doctor who understands how to optimize thyroid balance can customize a nutrient protocol.
Cortisol Another source of weight-loss resistance is stress. Yes, you actually can think yourself fat or think yourself thin, and science proves it.
Stressful thoughts activate metabolic pathways that cause weight gain and insulin resistance. Remember, stress is a response to stimulation that makes you feel threatened and not always provoked by real circumstances, rather a perception that you are being attacked.
A worry, thought, fear or projection into the future of what might go wrong can all become real stressors.The main function of endocrine glands is to secrete hormones directly into the bloodstream. Hormones are chemical substances that affect the activity of another part of the body (target site).
In essence, hormones serve as messengers, controlling and coordinating activities throughout the body. Upon. Regarding “Progesterone Only Birth Control Pills” If one tolerates these are these the safer form of birth control pill in comparison to the one’s using estrogen or does the long list of hormonal effects apply to both types of pills.
The circulatory system is a vast network of organs and vessels that is responsible for the flow of blood, nutrients, hormones, oxygen and other gases to and from cells.
The hypothalamus regulates the hormonal output of the anterior pituitary and creates two hormones that it exports to the posterior pituitary for storage and later release.
Four of the six anterior pituitary hormones are tropic hormones that regulate the function of other endocrine organs. Epinephrine, also known as adrenaline, is a hormone secreted by the medulla (inner part) of the adrenal glands, located on the kidneys.
The adrenal glands are one of the body's endocrine glands (glands producing substances that are distributed by way of the bloodstream). The entire male reproductive system is dependent on hormones, which are chemicals that stimulate or regulate the activity of cells or organs.
The primary hormones involved in the functioning of the male reproductive system are follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH) and testosterone.